Country TrailNancy Merkle
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
24 " h x 18 " w x 1.5 " d |1 lbs. 5 oz.
A country road through a field of grass leads the viewer toward a hilltop of evergreen trees. The warm golden grass of summer contrasts with with the cool of the forest. Loose brush strokes provide an impressionistic style. The painting was created with oil paints on a hand stretched canvas.
Nancy Merkle's process begins with a glimpse of color, a flicker of light, a pattern, or a texture. Elements swirl in her mind for hours, sometimes days, sometimes weeks before a design clicks and is transferred to canvas. With the canvas in front of her, she works intuitively -- a mark here, a mark there, a little touch of color, a bit of texture -- until she is satisfied and declares the work finished. Currently Nancy's work leans toward abstraction; she doesn't paint the world as it is, but as she wishes it were. Bold colors and loose brush strokes are her goal. When she's not making art, Nancy travels the Pacific Coast with a bicycle strapped to the car and "curiosity in my back pocket."